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Quotations about Firefighters

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen. ~Gregory Widen, Backdraft (film), 1991

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. ~Edward F. Croker

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out! ~John G. Saxe, quoted in George C. Hale, History of the World's Greatest Fires, 1905

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

When fire is cried and danger is nigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~The Fireman's Journal, 1879

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~Bible (New International Version), John 15:13

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved. ~Susan Diane Murphree

You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire. ~Larry Brown, On Fire, 1993

Man is the animal that has made friends with the fire. ~Henry Van Dyke, "The Open Fire," Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things, 1899

But there is one thing lacking in various animal dwellings, — a fireplace. Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and to live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned how to put it out. ~Henry Van Dyke, "The Open Fire," Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things, 1899

Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! ~Thomas Carlyle, "Abbot Samson," Past and Present, 1843

Whatever the Americans are proud of — whatever they consider to be peculiarly good, useful, brilliant, or characteristic of themselves or their climate, they designate, half in jest, though scarcely half in earnest, as an "institution." Thus the memory of General Washington... is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock... "Sweet potatoes" are an institution, and pumpkin (or punkin) pie is an institution... Bunker's Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York a great institution. ~Charles Mackay, "American Firemen," 1857

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